Wide Worlds of Fantasy
Wide Worlds of Fantasy with Barbara Krasnoff, Rajan Khanna, Carrie Laben, Michael Libling and Matthew Kressel
Saturday, September 21, 2019
11 AM – 12:30 PM
Pike County Public Library
Moderator: Matthew Kressel
This year the Science Fiction/Fantasy Program will present two events, the Science Fiction/Fantasy Panel and the Readings and Libations Event. The Science Fiction/Fantasy Panel will explore the various aspects of Fantasy in the realm of speculative fiction. The theme for this year’s panel will be: “The Wide Worlds of Fantasy”. Additionally, the panelists along with invited guest authors will participate in the second event, an event where the authors will read from their works and beverages will be offered. Details for the Libations Event
Barbara Krasnoff was born and bred in Brooklyn—and has the accent to prove it. Her short story “Sabbath Wine”, which appeared in Clockwork Phoenix 5, was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. Her mosaic novel “The History of Soul 2065” was published in June 2019. Publishers Weekly describes it like this, “Powerful and dreamlike, this intergenerational meditation on family, mortality and hope is far more than the sum of its parts.” She has published short stories in over 35 publications and anthologies, earns her living as Review Editor for the Verge, and investigates what animals and objects are really thinking in her daily “Backstories” series on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (#theirbackstories). Her older stories can be found on a site called Curious Fictions .
Twitter = @barbk
Michael Libling is a World Fantasy Award-nominated author whose short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, SciFiction, Amazing Stories, OnSpec, and such anthologies as Ellen Datlow’s The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. His 2019 debut novel, “HOLLYWOOD NORTH: LIFE, LOVE & DEATH IN SIX REELS”, published by ChiZine, is a coming-of-age mystery and fantasy noir inspired by true events. Michael is the father of three daughters and lives in Montreal, Quebec with his wife, Pat, and a dog named Piper. He claims to be one of only seven North American authors who does not own a cat. www.michaellibling.com
Rajan Khanna is an author, podcaster, musician and narrator. His three novels, “Falling Sky,” “Rising Tide” and “Raining Fire,” take place in a post-apocalyptic world of airships and floating cities. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Analog Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and multiple anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed Magazine. Rajan cohosts the Spirited Discourse podcast with Devin Poore. He lives in Brooklyn where he is a member of the Altered Fluid writing group.
Matthew Kressel is a writer and software developer. He is a three-time Nebula Award Finalist and a Eugie Award Finalist. His novel “King of Shards” was hailed as “Magestic and resonant,” by NPR Books. His short fiction can be found in Lightspeed, Clarksworld, Analog, io9, Nightmare, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy-2018 Edition and The Best Science Fiction of the Year-Volume 3, as well as many of the largest SF publishers today. He is co-host of Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in New York with Ellen Datlow. Find him on line @mattkressel or matthewkressel.net
Carrie Laben is the author of the literary horror novel “A Hawk in the Woods”, published by Word Horde. Her works have also appeared in such venues as Apex, Birding, The Dark, Electric Luterchire, Indiana Review, Okey-Panky and Outlook Springs as well as many anthologies. In 2017 she won the Shirley Jackson award in Short Story for her story “Postcards from Natalie”, and Duke University’s Documentary Essay Prize for the essay “The Wrong Place”. She has been a MacDowell Fellow and a resident at the Anna LaBastille Memorial Residency and Bush Creek. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and now resides in Queens.
Panel Coordinator: Lillian Longendorfer, a former Philadelphian and now Milford resident learned to appreciate science and literature from her father and science fiction from the dime, paper novels available in her early childhood. She considers herself to be a wife, mother, physician, artist and writer. She is married to a fantasy artist and Chesley Award winner and together they have produced a fantasy artist son. A retired pathologist and laboratory director, her first novel The Quad Consortium and the Sword of Bale was published in 2015. The second novel in the series, The Battle for the Sword of Bale, was published in 2019